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Vegetarian Appetizers: 27 Healthy Recipes for Any Occasion


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When having a party, there’s nothing that says special like a spread of delicious appetizers! Whether you’re having a casual game day gathering, an elegant dinner party, or you’re just looking for munchies to enjoy at home, this collection of 27 healthy vegetarian appetizers will suit your needs!

assortment of vegetarian appetizers: sliced fresh veggies, dips, olives, cheese, and apples

Who doesn’t love a good appetizer? In fact, there are days when I could make a meal our of chips and dips, little bites, fruit and veggie trays, and cheese and crackers!

I think that’s why tapas are so popular. It’s so much fun to eat finger foods!

There are so many occasions when a beautiful spread of appetizers is welcoming. But to be honest, you really don’t need an excuse to whip up a healthy appetizer.

These pre-dinner savory bites can be enjoyed anytime.

But when it comes to appetizers, many recipes are heavy, high in calorie, high in fat, and low in nutritional value. In addition, it can often be a challenge to find vegetarian appetizers that go beyond a fruit or veggie tray!

I’m here to tell you that you can enjoy delicious and satisfying vegetarian appetizers without consuming your daily calorie intake before the real meal has begun!

This collection of healthy vegetarian appetizers are perfect for any occasion:

  • Tailgates
  • Game Day Parties
  • Elegant Dinner Parties
  • Holiday Parties
  • New Year’s Eve Celebrations
  • Birthdays
  • and so many more!

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s dig in and find some healthy appetizers to whet your appetite!

cheeses, crackers, nuts, fruit, and chocolate, on wood platter

What Are The 6 Types of Appetizers?

Appetizers get their name because they are served before a meal to whet your appetite.

When it comes to planning the appetizers for your party, there are several categories.

  • Canape: A canape is a bite sized finger food that consists of a base, a spread, and a topping.
  • Chips and Dips: Likely the most popular and easy appetizer, chips or crackers paired with a savory dip makes for an easy shareable recipe.
  • Hors d’oeuvres: These small sized bites, are served hot or cold. They usually consist of well seasoned food, that is formerly served before a meal.
  • Relishes and Crudite: Relishes are pickled vegetables while crudites are raw vegetables.
  • Cocktails: Bite sized fish, or fruit served alongside a tangy sauce.

In addition to these types of appetizers, there are also a few other categories that sometimes fall into this category or course.

  • Salads: There are several different categories of salads, including green salads, and compound salads. Compound salads are bound together with mayonnaise or a another type of dressing of some kind. Think potato salad, egg salad, etc.
  • Soups and Consummé: It has become more and more popular to serve small servings of soup and conummé before the main meal.

What Are Some Easy to Make Vegetarian Appetizers?

Fruit Platter: No recipe needed for this one. Select your favorite fresh fruits, wash, dry, and arrange on a platter. Serve with a vanilla yogurt dipping sauce to make it extra special!

You can also serve your fruit in salad form like this Mexican Fruit Salad below.

Mexican Fruit Salad with cubed melon, mango, jicama, dragon fruit, lime juice, and a hint of spicy chili - served in a blue bowl
Mexican Fruit Salad

A simple Mexican Fruit Salad with cubed melon, dragon fruit, jicama, kiwi, lime juice, and a hint of spicy chili. It’s an unexpected and delicious take on the traditional fruit salad.

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Or for a simple and versatile fruit salad recipe with traditional fruits, try this one below.

Healthy, Easy Fruit Salad Recipe

This easy fruit salad recipe is so simple to make, and you can use any fruits you like (or that are in season!) A versatile dish, perfect for a brunch side-dish, on-the-go snack, or healthy dessert. Ready in less than 15 minutes and kid-friendly too!

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Fruit Skewers: Place your favorite fruits on a skewer, and arrange in a colorful pattern. Strawberries, melon, pineapple, and grapes, are easily served on a skewer. Below is one of my favorite holiday fruit skewer recipes!

strawberry santa hats with banana "bottom" and whipped cream top on wooden skewers
Strawberry Santa Hats

Strawberry Santa Hats are an easy and fun snack to make with the kids! With only three ingredients, and a few minutes, you’ll have a healthy snack for the holidays!

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Veggie Tray: I’m always happy to see a great big tray of fresh veggies served with hummus or ranch. I prefer the hummus for it’s nutritional value. Excellent options for your veggie include carrots, cucumber slices, radishes, broccoli and cauliflower florets, celery, cherry tomatoes, and sliced bell peppers.

You can also serve grilled or roasted veggies as an appetizer for a twist on the traditional veggie tray.

This steamed asparagus topped with pecorino cheese makes for an easy finger food!

steamed asparagus with pecorino, served on a white plate
Steamed Asparagus with Pecorino

Steamed Asparagus with Pecorino is an amazing dish that can be enjoyed as an appetizer or a side dish. Quick, easy and full of freshness and flavor.

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Brussel sprouts can be served with a toothpick for a bite sized veggie on the go.

air fryer brussel sprouts served on a white plate, top view
Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts in 10 MInutes

Crispy Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts are lightly seasoned and use a minimal amount of oil to create a healthy and delicious side dish, or snack!

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Cheese and Crackers: A simple cheese and cracker tray is always a highlight at any party. Choose a variety of cheeses such as brie, gouda, and goat cheese. It’s also nice to have a selection of different crackers, and pair with a sweet jelly or relish.

Mini Quiches: A super easy and simple vegetarian appetizer are store bought mini quiches. All you need to do is heat them in the oven, and you’ve got a savory bite sized appetizer.

Pita Chips and Hummus: Store bought pita chips and hummus are a simple appetizer for casual gatherings or at home pre-dinner snacking!

Guacamole and Tortilla Chips: One of my favorites, chips and guacamole is easy and quick to make, and always a crowd pleaser! If you’re having a large gathering, be sure to double the recipe! It will disappear!

healthy guacamole recipe
Healthy Guacamole Recipe

This healthy guacamole recipe is easy and simple to make. It’s a great variation on the authentic Mexican recipe. It’s perfect to serve as a topping on tacos and enchiladas, or great as a dip with some chips.

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Looking for something a little different from the traditional guacamole recipe, give this edamame guacamole a try! It’s lower in fat and calories that the traditional recipe!

Edamame Guacamole

My secret ingredients in this guacamole are edamame and Greek Yogurt. An added bonus: This version packs about half the calories and three times the protein as regular guac!

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7 Layer Dip: Everyone’s favorite, a 7 Layer dip can be healthy too! This one has layers for refried beans, smashed avocado, tangy yogurt sauce, layers of fresh veggies, and cheese! Bake your own tortilla chips, or use store bought!

Guilt-Free, Healthy 7 Layer Taco Dip

This healthy, seven layer taco dip is a party table’s best friend! Lightened up from the traditional bean dip recipes but with all of the same great flavor, you’ll love how this bean dip tastes with chips, veggies or even on its own. Ready in just 20 minutes and kid-friendly too!

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Make Ahead Vegetarian Appetizers

A hot dip is an excellent make ahead appetizer. You can prepare all the ingredients, cover and place it the fridge until the party begins. Then pop it in the oven and serve hot and bubbly.

This smoky onion and kale dip is lightened up with low-fat cream cheese, and topped with asiago cheese.

Healthy Cheese Dip with Smoky Onions and Kale

This healthy cheese dip made with smoky onion and kale is packed full of flavor. It’s a lightened up sharing dip, perfect for pot lucks, BBQ’s and parties!

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Air Fryer Vegetarian Appetizers

The air fryer is an awesome tool to use to make healthy and crispy appetizers in minutes! It’s an especially good option if your oven is being utilized for the main course!

These air fryer mozzarella sticks are healthier than traditional, since they’re air fried instead of deep fried in oil. They come out nice and crispy on the outside, and ooey-gooey cheesy on the inside. Pair with marinara sauce.

air fryer mozzarella sticks served on a wooden cutting board with tomato dipping sauce, top view
Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

One of America’s favorite snacks just became healthier with these air fryer mozzarella sticks. This recipe is so easy and full of delicious flavor. Makes a great snack, or appetizer for your next party.

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Store bought ravioli is coated in crispy breadcrumbs, then air fried and paired with a homemade bell pepper and spinach marinara.

crispy air fryer ravioli with marinara sauce, served on a white plate with sauce on the side, top view
Crispy Air Fryer Ravioli with a Spinach and Bell Pepper Marinara

Crispy Air Fryer Ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta is dipped in breadcrumbs and topped with a bell pepper and spinach marinara sauce for a healthy, satisfying, easy weeknight meal!

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Bite Sized Vegetarian Appetizers

When I think of appetizers I immediately think of handheld bites. These are perfect to pass at a party, or display on a platter to share.

Bruschetta is a popular Italian appetizer. This version is healthy than the traditional recipe paired with white beans for added protein and topped with tomatoes and fresh herbs.

Caprese Bruschetta with vegetables, served on a wooden cutting board with a white and green napkin in the background
Caprese Bruschetta with White Beans

This Caprese Bruschetta has a twist with a mixture of tomatoes, zucchini, and white beans that sit on top of a whole wheat baguette, topped with fresh herbs for a finishing touch.

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Have leftover mashed potatoes? These mashed potato fritters paired with kale and onions are a creative way to use up those leftovers, and create a bite sized, handheld potato pancake!

mashed potato fritters with onions and kale, served on a white plate, top view
Mashed Potato Fritters with Kale and Onions

These mashed potato fritters are perfect to use up things in the fridge. I also love that they fit as a snack, appetizer, or meal.

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Need a super easy appetizer on the fly? How about these goat cheese crostini. Crispy crostini is topped with spreadable goat cheese and a drizzle of honey!

Super Fast Goat Cheese Crostini

It’s a hit with kids and adults, a total crowd pleaser. And you can enjoy 4 of these crostinis for just 150 calories!

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Shareable Flatbreads and Pizzas

When it comes to pre dinner sharing, a simple flatbread is a popular option. They’re easy to make, and can be customized based on your taste preference. You can also make them vegan by leaving off the cheese, or using a vegan cheese substitute!

For the mushroom lover, this mushroom flatbread is paired with roasted vegetables. Slice into bite sized pieces for a shareable app!

closeup of Mushroom Flatbread with Roasted Vegetables
Mushroom Flatbread with Roasted Vegetables

A crispy whole wheat crust is topped with melty mozzarella and fresh pesto to create this mushroom flatbread that makes for an easy weeknight meal that can’t be beat!

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Keep it simple with a classic Margherita flatbread. Layers of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil sits atop a whole wheat crust.

top view of margherita flatbread with basil and tomatoes
Healthy Margherita Flatbread

This easy and healthy Margherita Flatbread is a delicious take on the classic pizza! Topped with fresh tomatoes and basil and drizzled with balsamic vinegar, it’s a family friendly meal!

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Looking for something a little more out of the ordinary? How about this goat cheese flatbread? Creamy goat cheese is spread on top of a whole wheat flatbread, then topped with fresh zucchini ribbons and plump raisins.

Goat Cheese Flatbread with Zucchini Ribbons and Raisins

This Goat Cheese Flatbread with zucchini ribbons and raisins a are a match made in heaven! It’s a light and fresh flatbread that was made for sharing with friends and family.

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An easy all around flatbread, chunky tomato sauce is paired with fresh spinach and peppers, and just the right amount of cheese to make is melty and gooey!

healthy vegetarian flatbread topped with fresh veggies, served on a white plate
Easy, Healthy Vegetarian Flatbread

Easy, quick, healthy and tasty – this vegetarian flatbread pizza recipe is great as a main meal for one, or as an appetizer for guests.

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Appetizer Soups

Soups are becoming more and more popular as an appetizer. If serving at a party, you can place your soup in shot glasses, or other small bowls or cups.

These soups are light enough that they make an excellent pre-dinner dish!

This carrot ginger soup is smooth and creamy full of warm spices. A perfect soup for the autumn holidays.

carrot ginger soup in a white bowl topped with pumpkin seeds and coconut cream
Carrot Ginger Soup

This incredible Carrot Ginger Soup is bursting with fall flavors that are the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. This creamy, rich soup doesn’t even require any heavy cream! It’s cozy and comforting, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and kid-friendly too!

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This asparagus and leek soup is light and creamy. The fresh flavors pair nicely with other summer flavors.

asparagus and leek soup with herbed goat cheese served in a white bowl
Asparagus and Leek Soup with Herbed Goat Cheese

This asparagus and leek soup is made from scratch without cream or milk for a lightened up and healthy meal. It takes just 30 minutes to make and is perfect for the whole family to enjoy!

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The combination of pumpkin and sweet potato paired with warm spices, and white beans for creaminess makes this soup vegan and gluten-free!

pumpkin and sweet potato soup, served in a blue bowl, topped with fresh herbs and coconut cream
Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup

This comforting Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup will warm you up, fill your belly, and tantalize your taste buds! The white beans give the soup a creamy taste and the pumpkin delivers a rich warmth that’ll have you coming back for more. Healthy, vegan, gluten-free, delicious and ready in 30 minutes!

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Butternut squash soup is a classic! This one is paired with thyme and parmesan for a hint of herbal flavors, and a nice finish.

vegan butternut squash bisque topped with parmesan and fresh herbs, served in a white bowl, top view
Butternut Squash Bisque with Thyme and Parmesan

A naturally creamy butternut squash bisque made with autumn spices. It can easily be made vegan, is gluten-free, and healthy for you too. It’s the perfect soup to share at your Thanksgiving meal, or enjoy all winter long!

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Tomato soup is light and pairs well with so many other flavors. It is a true classic, and this version is vegan, but still tastes rich and creamy!

roasted vegan tomato soup topped with fresh herbs in a white bowl against a marble background, top view
Roasted Vegan Tomato Soup with Garlic

This delicious vegan tomato soup with garlic is full of healthy ingredients. It’s creamy and full of flavor without the cream.

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Kid Friendly Appetizers

These kid themed appetizers will bring the kids running to the table. They’ll also enjoy making them with you too. Whether you’re celebrating a holiday, or just looking to make something creative and eye-catching, these apps will do the trick!

These fun and easy Halloween quesadillas are just the thing to fill up on before heading out to trick-or-treat!.

halloween jack-o-lantern pumpkin quesadillas served on a white plate
Halloween “Jack-O-Lantern” Pumpkin Quesadillas

These Halloween Pumpkin Quesadillas are the cutest and most delicious dinner idea for fall. These Jack-O-Lantern quesadillas are sure to bring a smile to your face and are perfect for kids or festive get-togethers. Filled with cheesy goodness and pumpkin between whole wheat tortillas, they are irresistible. 

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Are your kids not a huge fan of the traditional Thanksgiving fare, make these fun and healthy turkey shaped quesadillas!

cheese quesadilla shaped like turkeys, with bell peppers, beans and cheese
Turkey Shaped Cheese Quesadillas

These absolutely adorable, Thanksgiving inspired cheese quesadillas are shaped like little turkeys but are completely vegetarian! Not to mention, they are mind-blowing delicious and super kid friendly. Each tasty quesadilla is filled with black beans, Monterey Jack cheese, and bell peppers sandwiched between two whole wheat tortillas. Fun, festive, and perfect for the holidays!

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How much fun is snacking on this appetizer! Monster Munch Popcorn is lightly sweetened and served with candy eye-balls for fun!

monster munch instant pot popcorn in a glass bowl
“Monster Munch” Instant Pot Popcorn

Fall weather means it’s time to enjoy this “Monster Munch” Instant Pot Popcorn! Perfect for Halloween or an anytime snack, this incredible treat can be made in 15 minutes. 

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A tray of these reindeer sandwiches at you holiday party will entice the kids and adults to give them a try!

reindeer holiday sandwiches
Reindeer Holiday Sandwiches

These super cute and healthy Reindeer Holiday Sandwiches are filled with peanut butter and fresh fruit. Whole wheat bread is cut into a heart shape to make a reindeer face, with pretzels for antlers, and chocolate chips for the eyes, and M&M-style candies for the nose. 

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What Are The Most Popular Finger Foods?

Many of the most popular finger foods are not vegetarian or healthy. Foods such as meatballs, turkey meatballs, chicken wings, and sliders are not vegetarian friendly.

However, these popular finger foods have their own vegetarian versions.

I like the vegetarian meatballs from Trader Joe’s as a substitute for the traditional beef or turkey meatballs.

Instead of chicken wings, give buffalo cauliflower a try! It’s got great flavor and texture.

Sliders are an excellent finger food. Make them vegetarian and healthier by using whole wheat slider buns, and pairing them with mini mushroom burgers.

What Do Vegetarians Eat at Parties?

Whether you’re a vegetarian, or have vegetarian guests coming to your party, you want to be sure they feel welcome and have plenty of options to enjoy.

All of the above recipes are excellent choices for any vegetarian.

Be sure to include plenty of vegetable options, whether that’s a vegetable tray with dip, or roasted veggies paired with a dipping sauce.

Don’t be afraid of tofu, and other plant-based proteins. Tofu bites, tempeh, and bean dips and spreads are simple vegetarian options.

I hope you were able to find some inspiration from these healthy vegetarian appetizers!

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